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In search of the Hebrew people : Bible and nation in the German Enlightenment / Ofri Ilany.

By: Ilany, Ofri [author.].
Contributor(s): Mishory, Ishai [translator.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2018]Description: 1 online resource (x, 180 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780253033857; 0253033853.Uniform titles: Ḥipuś aḥar ha-ʻam ha-ʻIvri. English Subject(s): Enlightenment -- Germany | Politics in the Bible | Jews -- History -- To 70 A.D | Jewish law -- Biblical teachingAdditional physical formats: Print version:: In search of the Hebrew people.DDC classification: 221.60943/09033 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
1. Troglodytes, Hottentots, and Hebrews: the Bible and the genesis of German ethnography -- 2. The law and the people: Mosaic Law and the German Enlightenment -- 3. The eighteenth-century polemic on the extermination of the Canaanites -- 4. "Is Judah indeed the Teutonic fatherland?" the Hebrew model and the birth of German national culture -- 5. "Lovers of Hebrew poetry": the battle over the Bible's relevance at the turn of the nineteenth century.
Summary: "As German scholars, poets, and theologians searched for the origins of the ancient Israelites, Ofri Ilany believes they created a model for nationalism that drew legitimacy from the Biblical idea of the Chosen People. In this broad exploration of eighteenth-century Hebraism, Ilany tells the story of the surprising role that this model played in discussions of ethnicity, literature, culture, and nationhood among the German-speaking intellectual elite. He reveals the novel portrait they sketched of ancient Israel and how they tried to imitate the Hebrews while forging their own national consciousness. This sophisticated and lucid argument sheds new light on the myths, concepts, and political tools that formed the basis of modern German culture"-- Provided by publisher.
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English translation by Ishai Mishory.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

1. Troglodytes, Hottentots, and Hebrews: the Bible and the genesis of German ethnography -- 2. The law and the people: Mosaic Law and the German Enlightenment -- 3. The eighteenth-century polemic on the extermination of the Canaanites -- 4. "Is Judah indeed the Teutonic fatherland?" the Hebrew model and the birth of German national culture -- 5. "Lovers of Hebrew poetry": the battle over the Bible's relevance at the turn of the nineteenth century.

"As German scholars, poets, and theologians searched for the origins of the ancient Israelites, Ofri Ilany believes they created a model for nationalism that drew legitimacy from the Biblical idea of the Chosen People. In this broad exploration of eighteenth-century Hebraism, Ilany tells the story of the surprising role that this model played in discussions of ethnicity, literature, culture, and nationhood among the German-speaking intellectual elite. He reveals the novel portrait they sketched of ancient Israel and how they tried to imitate the Hebrews while forging their own national consciousness. This sophisticated and lucid argument sheds new light on the myths, concepts, and political tools that formed the basis of modern German culture"-- Provided by publisher.

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In this well-researched, finely detailed study, Ilany (Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel) examines the many 18th-century German scholars and texts that reveal the role of the Hebrews as "an alternative ancient" (as he writes in chapter 1) to the Greeks in German nationalism and the early German national movement. The book's five chapters highlight the diverse body of research related to 18th-century Hebraism. Ilany devotes chapters to ethnographic descriptions of the Hebrews, biblical law in German jurisprudence, the conquest of Canaan, Hebrew poetry in the second half of the 18th century, attempts to read the Old Testament as a German political myth, and political discourse on the Hebrews in the generation after Johann Gottfried Herder, especially transforming the Bible into mythology. llany writes in chapter 5 that the 19th century brought "different forms of suspicion of the Bible" to German ideology, but he clearly demonstrates how critical 18th-century German thought is for understanding the history of biblical criticism. Detailed chapter notes are provided and an extensive bibliography conclude this volume, which is based on Ilany's award-winning dissertation. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty. --Heidi M. Szpek, emerita, Central Washington University

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<p>Ofri Ilany is a postdoctoral fellow at the Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.</p>

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